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Special Education Longitudinal Enrollment Study for Louisiana Public Charter Schools

Saturday, April 14, 2018
2:15 p.m. Eastern Time

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

This session at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting presents the findings of a REL Southwest study that examined the special education enrollment gap between charter and traditional public schools in four Louisiana regions from 2010/11 to 2013/14. The enrollment gap was 2.5 percentage points in 2010/11 and declined to 0.5 percentage points by 2013/14. The gap was highest in schools serving grades K–5 for three of the four study years. The gap was lowest for charters serving grades 9–12 for all four years. By 2013/14, the special education enrollment rate was higher for charters than for traditional public schools that serve these grades.

Partnership: Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance (2012–17)



  • Shannon Lasserre-Cortez, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, REL Southwest, American Institutes for Research
  • Patrick J. Wolf, Ph.D., Professor and 21st Century Chair in School Choice, REL Southwest, University of Arkansas